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Arena looking to add “two or three players” to strengthen the Revs’ first 11

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Bruce Arena: “In the offseason, we’re looking to bring in two or three players that can solidify our first 11”

New England Revolution v Columbus Crew SC: Eastern Conference Final - MLS Cup Playoffs Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images

Bruce Arena’s goal since being named as the New England Revolution’s head coach and sporting director has been to make progress. This offseason he’ll continue that quest by adding two or three players to strengthen his starting lineup.

A turbulent 2020 came to an end on Sunday when the Revs lost 1-0 to the Columbus Crew in the Eastern Conference Final. It was a storybook run for the Revolution, who finished the regular season as 8th in the East.

The team saved their best performances for the playoffs, as they won three straight by beating the Montreal Impact, Philadelphia Union, and Orlando City SC. It was their longest win streak of the year.

“We made progress last year,” Arena told media after the club. “We made progress this year. I think we want to continue that.”

Arena will look to keep the momentum going by adding to his roster. This year Arena made frequent changes to his starting lineup but next year could be different.

“In the offseason, we’re looking to bring in two or three players that can solidify our first 11,” Arena explained. “We got to get a little bit better there. Technically, we’re not as good as we need to be.

“We need to bring in a few better players to help us in the attacking end of the field. And we can use help in other positions. We’ll do our best to try to make our roster a little bit better.”